Horseshoe Bend & Toadstool Trail

Horseshoe Bend & Toadstool Trail

We decided to sandwich an off day in between yesterday’s Angels Landing hike and tomorrow’s Wave hike. Nothing was really planned for today until the very last minute. I had initially thought about doing a short hike at Bryce Canyon, but we changed course at the last minute when we realized that Page is about an hour away from Kanab. Since we’ve never seen Horseshoe Bend, we decided to head east.

Page is better known for lake Powell and the beautiful Antelope Canyons. We’d been to both the upper and lower Antelope Canyons back in 2008, and I had always wanted to go back. However, with an entrance fee of $60+ for just the lower canyon we decided that it probably wasn’t worth doing again. With that said, the canyons are a MUST for anyone who’s never been.

Despite Horseshoe Bend being part of the National Park system, our National Park annual pass was no good. Everyone was charged $10 per vehicle.

There is a flat 3/4 mile path leading to Horseshoe Bend
People at the edge
The reality of what it’s like at the bend
And a somewhat underwhelming view. To be honest, this is not a site I would recommend driving to just to see it. If you are already in the area for something else like Antelope Canyon, then by all means check it out. It certainly doesn’t warrant the $10 vehicle fee. Save the gas money for Grand Canyon, Zion or even Bryce.
Glen Canyon dam built between 1956 and 1966 is second to Hoover dam in terms of size. It is responsible for the ecological damage done to the Grand Canyon that sits downstream from it.

Since there wasn’t much else to do in Page, we headed back to Kanab. On our way back, we saw a parking lot belonging to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with a sign “Toadstool Trailhead”. Hoping to salvage the day, we checked it out.

The 1.2-mile out and back trail is mostly in a dry wash

OK, so today was a ‘nothing’ day, but it at least beat sitting in the hotel all day. Here’s to hoping for a better day tomorrow.

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